While Creedence Clearwater Revival is considered to be one of the greatest American rock bands ever, they never had a #1 Billboard Top-Ten hit. The highest they ever attained was five #2 songs on the music charts. John Fogerty wrote all the songs that Creedence placed on the charts, with the exception of one.
In the autumn of 2004, John Fogery participated in a concert tour called Vote For A Change. The concert was put together in an effort to defeat President George W. Bush in his bid for a second term. The concert failed, but Fogerty has continued to be an outspoken critic of President Bush and his policies concerning the war in Iraq.
John Fogerty released the following albums during his solo career, The Blue Ridge Rangers (1973), John Fogerty (1975), Hoodoo (1976-unreleased), Centerfield (1984, reissued 1985), Eye Of The Zombie (1986), Blue Moon Swamp (1997), Premonition (1998), Deja Vu (All Over Again-2004), The Long Road Home (2005), The Long Road Home-In Concert (2006), 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection: The Best Of The Songs Of John Fogerty (2007), and Revival (2007).
John Fogerty initially refused to play any of his greatest hits from his days with "Creedence Clearwater Revival", when he began touring as a solo act. However, he changed his mind after appearing at a benefit for Vietnam veterans. Fogerty commented that the songs didn't belong to him anymore, but belonged to the people.
John Fogerty is 5'11".
John Fogerty's surname means "banished outlaw" in Gaelic.. Fogerty is of Irish ancestry.
In 2005, John Fogerty performed at a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert was called "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy". Fogerty's set was introduced by former President Bill Clinton and included songs "Proud Mary" and "Born on the Bayou".
John Fogerty played all the instruments used on his solo debut album, "Blue Ridge Rangers" in 1973.
John Fogerty was awarded his first ever Grammy for Rock Album of the Year for his album "Blue Moon Swamp" in 1997.
John Fogerty was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" as a composer from The National Association of Songwriters in 1997.
John Fogerty and his brother Tom had a dispute in 1971, that resulted in Tom leaving the mega-band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. The dispute was over John Fogerty's greater popularity with fans and his prominence within the structure of the band itself.
John Fogerty was put in a rather unique legal position, when he was sued for plagiarizing himself. Fogerty was able to prove himself innocent by taking the stand in his own defense, with guitar in hand, and demonstrating to the jury that each songwriter can have a very distinctive style that may not be apparent to the average layman. Thus, lyrics amd music that may sound alike are actually totally different compositions.
John Fogerty wrote "Deja Vu (All Over Again)" to express his strong opposition to the American involvement in the Iraq War that is now being fought in The Middle East.
There has been a myth going around for years that John Fogerty's band Creedence Clearwater Revival played the hit song, "Who'll Stop The Rain?" at Woodstock. In fact, Fogerty wrote the song after Creedence Clearwater Revival appeared at Woodstock. The song is about the rainy conditions at Woodstock, and Fogerty now always explains this before doing the song at his own concerts.
It is a little known fact that "Creedence Clearwater Revival" performed at Woodstock. They are not featured in the documentary film "Woodstock" because John Fogerty refused to allow their set to be shown because he felt the sound quality was too poor.
Only one ("Suzy Q") of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Top 40 Hits was not written by John Fogerty.
"Rolling Stone" named John Fogerty the 40th greatest guitar player of all-time.
John Fogerty was elected to The Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2005.
John Fogerty was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of "Creedence Clearwater Revival" in 1993.
John Fogerty: If you were to ask for a value judgement on my one-man band concept, I think I probably took it to its zenith on "Centerfield", but ultimately it wasn't a good idea.
John Fogerty: I've also become much more the musician I always wanted to be.
John Fogerty:I pretty much went for one tone, and I knew at that time I wanted to play a Rickenbacker.
John Fogerty: But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with a simple harmony.
John Fogerty: No, I've always felt with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don't take my fans for granted.
John Fogerty: In those days, I didn't know how Clapton and Beck were getting that sering blues lead sound, so I developed my style to be rhythmic and chord-based, with simple lead lines that you could almost hum.
John Fogerty: I am like a twenty-two year old kid in a new band trying to get noticed and break through, because the vast majority of people have never seen me play live.
John Fogerty: I usually destroy unreleased material. It has a way to come back and haunt you.
John Fogerty: I am much more energetic now, you might say live performance is my mission.
John Fogerty: Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.